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Sons of Norway International is the largest Norwegian-American organization in the world, with headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. Vonheim is one of the largest social chapters of Sons of Norway International and also meets in Minneapolis.

We promote Norwegian traditions and fraternal fellowship through cultural and social opportunities offered by the lodge, district and headquarters. Activities include language camps and classes, scholarships, handicrafts, cooking and heritage classes, heritage programs, sports programs and travel opportunities.

Please feel free to explore our web site and links to other Nordic resources. We typically meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis at 6:30pm. During the winter months of January, February and March we meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month at American Swedish Institute, Paulson Hall, at 2pm. We encourage guests to attend and learn more about us.

We offer Norwegian cultural heritage activities that enrich understanding and foster friendships—and are fun! Insurance options and related financial benefits secure the future for you and your family. There are outreach opportunities to help others

Some Upcoming Events and Activities

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The BFG

Spielberg to Direct Dahl Book

The works of beloved Norwegian-British children’s book author, Roald Dahl, have made for several successful film adaptations, including “Mathilda,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” In 2015 another of Dahl’s books, “The BFG” (The Big Friendly Giant) will receive the Hollywood treatment under the direction of Steven Spielberg and the writing of “E.T.” screenwriter Melissa Mathison. “’The BFG’ has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades,” said Spielberg in a statement. “We are honored that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story.”

Dahl’s family is keen to see the story of a young orphan girl who befriends a friendly giant brought to life. Luke Kelly, grandson of Dahl and incoming managing director of the writer’s literary estate, says “[we] are both delighted that Steven Spielberg will bring his inventive genius to directing the story of the BFG and that one of Roald’s most beloved stories and characters will be brought to the screen in 2016 – a year when we will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s centenary!”

Dahl’s favorite amongst his own works, “The BFG” was originally published in 1982 and contains illustrations by Quentin Blake. In a humorous twist, Blake struggled to settle on the right style of shoes for the BFG to wear – in the end, Dahl sent him one of his own Norwegian sandals to inspire him. Today, the sandal is on display at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in the UK.

To learn more about the Roald Dahl, read Viking magazine’s Nov. 2012 feature article titled “Fantastic Mr. Dahl.”

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Virtual Pilgrimage

Sons of Norway Virtual Pilgrimage

Have you heard about Sons of Norway’s new Virtual Pilgrimage? As with the Sports Medal Program, this new offering rewards members for living an active lifestyle. The journey is a window into the experience of the pilgrims in Norway, who walk a network of routes called St. Olav’s Ways’.

History

The son of Viking explorers, King Olav Harraldson (995-1030) ruled Norway, determined to unite the country under Christianity. However his efforts did not go unopposed. He fell in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and his body was laid to rest in what is now Nidaros Cathedral. Soon after his death he was canonized St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway. The routes that St. Olav once trekked were thereafter claimed as pilgrim trails all leading to the shrine of St. Olav in Trondheim. During the Middle Ages, Trondheim, once called the city of Nidaros, was the greatest pilgrimage destination in Northern Europe.

To this day, people from around the world make the trek to Nidaros Cathedral to celebrate their patron saint on St. Olav’s Day, July 29th. The Sons of Norway’s Virtual Pilgrimage features Norway’s most famous route from Oslo to Trondheim, the Gudbrandsdalen Route following the Old King’s Road. This 387 mile journey takes pilgrims through cities, small villages, past historic churches, farms, beautiful mountains and fjords.

Get active and learn about Norway while doing it!

Here’s how to get started:

• Print out a Pilgrimage record card found on the Sons of Norway website or ask your lodge sports director for more information.
• Walk around your neighborhood, park, shopping mall or gym.
• Track your mileage on your record card.
• Learn about historical locations along the Pilgrimage route in Norway found at (www.sonsofnorway.com/pilgrimage)
• Track your route on a map of Norway and after 387 miles of walking the virtual journey will end at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
• You must start the pilgrimage in 2014 and you must finish your 387 miles by the end of 2015.
• Turn in your record card to your lodge sports director and receive recognition of completion from the Sons of Norway Headquarter

Businesses Benefit from Sons of Norway’s Newest Website, NorwayConnects.org

Have you visited Sons of Norway’s newest online venture, called NorwayConnects.org?

This new virtual community has been created as a place where students, professionals and institutions of higher education can come together for the common good of building innovation in industry and providing opportunities for international exchange. Above all, this web portal will build bridges between North America and Norway.

In addition, it’s also a great place for businesses because the key to building and maintaining a successful company is discovering qualified, talented employees to help lead your business into the future. Now is the perfect time build on your future because there are thousands of talented new graduates who are looking to work in companies where they can play an active role in its growth, innovations and success. Businesses that are interested in joining the NorwayConnects.org community can:

Post jobs: Quickly fill open positions by posting to NorwayConnects free job board. This is a great place to connect with talented grads and young professionals.

Promote your business: NorwayConnects.org lets businesses promote themselves and their industries to recent grads and young professionals. The site allows businesses to display logos, links and information about your company.

Attract talented professionals: By joining NorwayConnects.org and building a profile you can increase your productivity. This can put your business right in front of your desired employee audience, while showing your dedication to the Scandinavian community.

We hope you’ll take a moment to visit this new web portal from Sons of Norway and then share it with anyone you think would benefit from it. Also, if you know of a company that would benefit from NorwayConnects.org’s job posting opportunities, please contact the fraternal department at (800) 945-8851 and we’d be happy to reach out to them.